Talent acquisition professionals spend a third of their week sourcing candidates for a single role

I recently happened up an interesting survey from LinkedIn that found talent acquisition professionals spend on average nearly a third of their working week (that's about 13 hours) sourcing candidates for a single role. Yes, for a single role.

This is of course ok, if you just need to fill a couple of positions, but for tech companies and start-ups with funding to grow fast, that just won't cut it. How many talent professionals would you need to fill all the positions? And if you do grow your talent team for the hiring spree, what happens when you've filled the roles and need to wait for further funding for the next phase? You're stuck with an oversized, underused (and let's be honest, potentially very expensive) talent team.

Disrupting the talent team / recruitment agency dynamic

The solution is out there though. When you need to grow fast, it could be well worth looking for specialist recruitment agencies that can come in and pick up the slack. Working together with your in-house team, they will know your industry and be perfectly placed to find the specific people you need in their specialist area, be it tech sales (like us) or programming or creative.

This way, you get to see the right candidates at the right time, allowing you to fill the roles faster and in a more cost effective way (with no additional talent team salaries). Their industry insight also minimises the risk of failure as you will have more people to choose from for each role, reducing candidate churn and protecting your brand and reputation during a vital developmental phase. As a result, you'll be able to maximise the potential for growth during this time.

This approach also frees up your talent team to concentrate on the things they do best – working through the interviews and focusing on choosing the best people with the right cultural fit for the business. And with 76% percent of hiring managers admitting that attracting the right job candidates is their greatest challenge, according to LinkedIn, you'll be keeping this vital team happy to boot.

For us, this feels like a bit of a no brainer and is why we do what we do. If you'd like to find out more about how we work with in-house talent teams, please do get in touch.